Music interview: Augustines

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Embarking on their European tour, the Yorkshire Evening Post managed to catch up with Eric Sanderson, the bass player, pianist, and all round multi-instrumentalist from Augustines.

Asking how everything was going for them seemed quite appropriate with their new album, Augustines coming out now.

“Everything’s going great, lovely, I’ve been a little bit sick to be honest but I kinda don’t care because my spirits are good. The reception for the new album has been wonderful, with a lot of really positive reviews and great feedback, and a lot of people have been writing to us saying how much they’re connecting with it so it feels really good and we’re all happy.”

Looking in to their background, I had discovered that they were an independent band, well, the first album was released independently so I was eager to find out if the second album had been released in the same fashion and what it was like for them doing it by themselves.

“Yes, we do have a business partnership deal, so it’s still independent but we do have support from a couple of labels, our management team, our friends and our business partners.

“So yeah, we’re certainly not owned by anybody, are we are all working together to make this possible.

“Like many up and coming bands, we saw the dark side of the industry and we went through pretty much everything, you know, all the clichés, everything, so I’m happy that we’re not in that place any more.

“It did take a lot of time, energy, and perseverance to get over that. So now we are free, free of those nasty little contracts, free of our debts, and free of the things that we’re holding us back.

“When we found ourselves in the position of being beholden to contracts of debt we reached out to a very tight local community and they connected with what we were doing, they really supported us, and then people started donating money from all over the world to help us finish our record, help us get a website, get the record mastered and printed and released, and that independent spirit that we experienced became kind of the corner stone to how we approach our lives as musicians.”

Asking about the production of the new album, I wanted to see if anything had changed since the recording of the first.

“The biggest fundamental change is Rob Allen, our drummer, so obviously that affects everything. It’s funny you know, a lot of people are saying how different this album is to our first one but in the same sentence they say it’s still totally us. That really does make me happy because we weren’t intentionally trying to reinvent the wheel.

“We had no desire to make an OK Computer or something, we just wanted to make something good, something that we were proud to show our friends. That’s always been our model, you know, and that’s what we did with this album.

“We had a different colour palette, we had just gone through a life changing experience with touring and playing over 250 shows, playing 23 countries, we did pretty much every major festival in the world except for Glastonbury when they took a year off.

“So yeah, things had changed but we are still the same people making the decisions.”

The album Augustines is out now. The band play at Plug, Sheffield on May 10.

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